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Children Born With Serious Heart Defects Avoid Transplants Through Multi-Stage Surgical Approach At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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February 11, 2000
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Riley Rolf may be Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s “smallest miracle.” Born at 37 weeks and weighing less than three pounds, she was also born with only half a heart. Once, only a transplant might have saved her, but today a series of procedures performed by cardiothoracic surgeons at Cedars-Sinai are giving new hope to infants and their families.

LOS ANGELES (February 09, 2000) - Ten fingers, 10 toes. This proverbial test of a normal newborn permits many parents an initial sigh of relief. But for babies born with a serious heart defect, the problem is not always as apparent as a cursory count of digits. Life-threatening conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, in which the baby is born with an underdeveloped or absent left ventricle, can present themselves with alarming speed and severity. Once, only a transplant might have saved these children, but today a series of procedures performed by cardiothoracic surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are giving new hope to infants and their families.


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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (2000, February 11). Children Born With Serious Heart Defects Avoid Transplants Through Multi-Stage Surgical Approach At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000210235932.htm
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Children Born With Serious Heart Defects Avoid Transplants Through Multi-Stage Surgical Approach At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000210235932.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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